So I had my little jaunt to the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland today. I was up at 8:00am (thank you, L!), and showered. GHI maintenance was here to repair my window — another blog post of it’s own:
My ride came as the window was repaired, and I had to get my pups, Cecil and Grady, ready for their first day all alone in the house (they didn’t make a “mistake,” way to go boys!). The appointment was at 11:00am, and we left at ~9:45am. Good thing — the parking was madness! Got home at ~7:00pm?
Dr. Akpek was amazing. My poor eye was poked and prodded and tugged and rolled. I have three choices:
- Do nothing.
- Have a synthetic corneal transplant on the left eye, which Dr. Akpek said would give me the best vision, but would likely result in my losing my vision altogether within ~2 years
- Have a cadaver tissue corneal transplant, which would come with fewer risks, but also less clarity of vision. I’ve already had two failed corneal transplants, so the odds of a third one being successful are very low.
Odd experience… Dr. Akpek had to assess whether the back of my eye was healthy — my optic nerve and my retina — but the the cornea is too cloudy now for them to be checked in the usual way. I had my first every “eye ultrasound.” Now my eyeball knows what pregnant women feel like!! (Well, I kinda already knew that one because I had an ultrasound before my gall bladder was removed years ago…)
So the surgery (some surgery!) is tentatively scheduled for January 13th. Before then, I have to decide which option to choose, or to cancel altogether. Big decisions!!!
Here are some photos I took in Baltimore:
The irony? My dad’s birthday is January 13th. If he was still alive, he’d be 101 years old when I have my surgery, IF I have my surgery….
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